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Teenager's parents criticise inquest delay

The family of a teenager who died at a mental health unit in Cornwall have criticised the three year delay in holding his inquest. Ben Cowburn was found dead in his room at the Longreach hospital in Redruth in December 2010. An inquest last week returned an open verdict.

Today his parents Steve and Sharon Cowburn said it was wrong that it took more than a thousand days from his death to hold the inquest. They said changes needed to be made in the process so families didn't have to wait so long.

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Family criticise 3 year delay in inquest

The family of the Cornish teenager who died at a mental health unit have criticised the three year delay in holding his inquest. Ben Cowburn was found dead in his room at the Longreach hospital in Redruth in December 2010. An inquest last week returned an open verdict.

Today his parents Steve and Sharon Cowburn said it was wrong that it took more than a thousand days from his death to hold the inquest. They said changes needed to be made in the process so families didn't have to wait so long.

Ben Cowburn's family want teenage mental health unit

Ben Cowburn's death at an adult mental health unit has spurred his family to try to improve the healthcare of other young people in Cornwall.

They have set up the Invictus Trust to try and push for a mental health unit in the county that is dedicated to teenagers.

Ben's sister Amber says that dream is now close to becoming a reality.

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Inquest concluding

Two sisters of Ben Cowburn, who was found dead at a mental health unit in Cornwall, left the hearing while the coroner was summing up at his inquest.

Ben, who was 18, died at Longreach hospital in Redruth in December 2010.

He was found in his room with a plastic bag over his head. He died from asphyxia.

The coroner told the jury that a nurse had checked on Ben an hour earlier and he appeared fine.

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